Price From $89
’Hood Copley Square, an architectural treasure bounded by the Boston Public Library, Trinity Church (considered among the 10 most important buildings in the country by the American Institute of Architects), and the pricey Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. The Back Bay’s trendy restaurants and bars and high-end shopping strip, Newbury Street, are nearby, and the Theater District and Amtrak-serviced Back Bay Station are within walking distance.
The Vibe Built in 1929 to house America’s first YWCA (which still has offices here and owns the building), Hotel 140 has only 55 rooms—few enough that guests receive surprisingly personal service for the money from a staff that is knowledgeable and efficient—just don't expect them to fawn over you. The location is superlative, attracting hip, easy-to-please, enthusiastic 20- and 30-something American and European bargain hunters.
Rooms “Discount boutique” is what this hotel likes to call itself, which seems to be a euphemism for “small rooms.” Still, that’s typical even for far more expensive hotels in Boston, and Hotel 140 clearly works to keeps itself updated. Headboards were recently replaced, TVs are being converted to flat-screens, and (free) in-room Wi-Fi is being added. Big windows, blond wood, and contemporary decor in colorful hues brighten the spaces, while original fixtures from the 80-year-old building—including (nonworking) fireplaces—add character. The few suites that sleep up to eight and have full kitchens and two bathrooms offer the best deals.
Plus Although breakfast is not included, there’s a deli on the first floor called the Stuart Street Grill that has $5 breakfasts, and there’s a Starbucks next door. The hotel also offers a 25 percent discount on room rates for guests who go to shows at the well-regarded Lyric Stage (which shares the building) and 10 percent off for attendees of Red Sox games at Fenway Park. The staff is unusually well versed in where to find good deals on food, dining, shopping, drinking, and sightseeing. The hotel also rents bikes (though cycling on Boston’s narrow streets can be a risky proposition).
Minus The hotel insists on wedging king-size beds into some of the rooms, making them seem even smaller and leaving barely enough space to get around—even without such things as writing desks and bathtubs getting in the way. Public areas are plain and basic. The huge surrounding office buildings in the daytime and bars and restaurants at night make trying to find metered street parking an exercise in futility. The on-site gym is very small, but discounts are offered to nearby facilities.
Free Wi-Fi? Yes, in common areas, and gradually being installed in the rooms.
Credit Cards Accepted Yes.
Details A standard room with a full-size bed from $89, a superior with a queen-size bed (most of these are corners) from $109, a room with a king-size bed and refrigerator from $119, a deluxe room with two full-size beds from $139.